- The SSC land has been re-designed as a permaculture demonstration site.
- Landscaping of native plants around the house, provided by Willamette Gardens.
- Removal of nearly all invasive plants.
- Lawn alternative seed mix around the house.
- Raised beds and small demonstration organic garden behind the house.
- Mulch from local hazelnut shells to prevent weed growth and promote water and nutrient retention.
Energy and Interiors:
- Efficient lighting plan, which uses only tubular fluorescent and compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs.
- Low flow (1.6 gallons per flush) toilet.
- Original refinished wood floors instead of mold-susceptible carpet.
- Marmoleum (100% natural linoleum) in the kitchen and bathroom.
- Interior and exterior painted with low-VOC paint.
- All kitchen scraps at the center are composted on site.
- Food for events is either grown on site, organic, and/or purchased from the First Alternative Co-op, a local member-owned grocery.
- Newly planted fruit trees will soon bear apples, cherries, and pears.
- Annual vegetables in the gardens either used by the SSI or donated.
- We use co-mingled and mixed-paper recycling bins and provide battery and cell phone receptacles.
- Three composting systems on site: Earth Tub, Worm Wigwam, and Three-Bin System.
- Students and community members who cannot compost at home are encouraged to bring kitchen scraps to the Earth Tub.
- Ongoing collaboration with hydrophiles, and hydrological engineers on cmpus.
- year long project designing and implementing a rain water catchment system.
- Ban the Bottle campaign to reduce disposable water bottle use on campus.
If you have ideas about how to reduce the ecological footprint of the SSC or create a stronger community here, please let us know!